Sex Abuse Suit Against Delaware County Sheriff Settled

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Delaware County Commissioners Wednesday approved a $13.5 million dollar settlement of a sexual abuse case filed against the county sheriff.

JAY – A lawsuit claiming that female prisoners in the Delaware County Jail suffered sexual abuse at the hands of sheriff’s department employees has now been settled.

County Commissioners Wednesday morning approved a $13.5 million dollar settlement during a special meeting in the Delaware County Courthouse. The settlement figure was arrived at during a court-ordered settlement hearing presided over by Magistrate Claire Eagan, which began on Monday in federal court.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith was visibly upset during Wednesday’s meeting, calling the settlement negotiations, “emotional, at times heated, and gut-wrenching.” At one point he broke down, stating, “We handled this as well as we could, keeping in mind our citizens and taxpayers.”

Commissioners were unsure Wednesday morning as to how the county will pay the settlement amount, saying that they are currently negotiating with the county’s insurance company, but Commissioner Smith was not confident that those negotiations will alleviate liability for the taxpayers. “The county may potentially be liable for all of it,” said Smith, who further said that the money will have to come from a property tax hike beginning on January 1, 2013, in a worst case scenario.

The lawsuit was filed in 2009 by a group of women who had all been incarcerated in the Delaware County Jail during the same two week period from June 25 to July 7, 2007. It alleged that a sheriff’s deputy, who died before the suit was filed, performed sexual acts on the women against their will and that the sheriff of Delaware County was responsible in his official capacity for that deputy’s actions. Later, the original complaint was amended to add allegations against other Delaware County Sheriff’s Office employees. During the course of the lawsuit plaintiffs were also added and some withdrew. At one point there were 17 women claiming sexual battery. The money, after court costs and expenses and after the five plaintiff attorneys have been paid, will be divided among the 15 remaining plaintiffs.

The commissioners said Wednesday that they were unable to provide comment on disciplinary actions and/or changes in policies and procedures within the sheriff’s department in the wake of the lawsuit.

“We would like to apologize to anybody who was harmed,” said an emotional Smith.






11 Responses to Sex Abuse Suit Against Delaware County Sheriff Settled

  1. How many of those women were in jail for simple drug posession I wonder? When your state incarcerates more women per capita than any of the other states this is what you get. Poor women in Oklahoma are merely a cash commodity by which the correctional and legal system can run thier racket. Stop jailing people for sins of pleasure and focus on true crime that directly violates another persons civil rights. There are hundreds of unsolved murders yet we chase Pot smokers like they are a threat to national security. By the way, is this the same jail that was involved in a funding crisis because of overcrowding?

    Moses4today
    November 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm
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  2. Tax residents to finance badged rapist? NO WAY!

    Get rid of Blackfox and his deputies, elevate the standard of conduct in Delaware County, then we'll see who is worthy of leading this county out of the cellar.

    NOT MY CRIME-NO TAX!
    November 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm
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  3. Where has Mr. Wyant been for the past 6 yrs….?????? Well Mr. Wyant couldn't find any evidence, Well 13 million dollars later it shows up…..Looks to me like there should be more resigniations… our Mayor here in Bernice contracted for some of those clowns to come here, to run a speed trap, and to sit at the end of the table during our board meetings to intimidate those of us who have complaints against the Mayor, Bill Raven ..I think that we are just seeing the tip ofthe iceberg in JAY Oklahoma….it is time to clean house…

    Bernice Citizen
    November 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm
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  4. read all the FEDERAL COURT FILINGS, OUR THREE ELECTED COMMISSIONERS, HAVE AGREED THAT THE STATEMENTS ARE TRUE AND CORRECT, AND THAT CRIMES DID IN FACT OCCUR IN THE DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND JAIL.BY EMPLOYEES OF DELAWARE COUNTY. THE COUNTY HAS NO DEFENSE AND PLEADED FOR A SETTLEMENT. DISTRICT ATTORNEY WYANT AND SHERIFF BLACKFOX, WERE AWARE AS EARLY AS 2006, OF THE CONTINUING CRIMINAL ACTS BY THE SERIAL RAPISTS AND SEXUAL SADISTS IN THEIR EMPLOY, INSTEAD OF RECUSING THEMSELVES AND BRINGING IN THE ATTY. GEN. AND O.S.B.I.TO CONDUCT A HONEST AND TCOMPLETE INVESTIGATION, AS AN OUTRAGED AND INNOCENT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL WOULD IN UPHOLDING HIS SWORN OATH OF OFFICE. INSTEAD D.A. WYANT AND SHERIFF BLACKFOX "CHOSE TO JOIN THE CRIMINAL GANG IN THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE, BY PROVIDING "PROTECTION FROM EXPOSURE, INVESTIGATION AND PROSICUTION,. AS EVIDENCE BY THE LACK OF ANY INVESTIGATION. THESE TWO OFFICIALS KNOWINGLY ALLOWED, THE RAPISTS, TO CONTINUE THEIR CRIMES IN PUBLIC AND BROAD DAYLITE , ALSO AT NIGHT IN THE DARK, AGAINST CHAINED AND BOUND VICTIMS WITH IMPUNITY.

    ChristainBeliever
    November 7, 2011 at 5:06 am
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    • The case was investigated by the OSBI. They found insufficient evidence to file criminal charges against the accused deputy. A second alleged wrong-doer is currently being investigated by the OSBI. Their report has yet to be completed.

      candy
      November 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm
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      • YOU MEAN THE SHERRIFF AND DEPUTIES PERJURED THEMSELVES, AND ALL WOMEN WHO REPORT SEXUAL ASSAULTS, ARE TRASH, AND LIARS, AND OR PROBALY ASKED FOR IT. THE O.S.B.I. HASN'T SOLVED A CRIME IN DECADES, JUST WATCH THE TULSA NEWS. DEMOCRAT SHERIFF, DEM. DISTRICT ATTORNEY, DEM. ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEM GOVERNOR. ALL COVERING UP FOR EACH OTHER. NOW ONE WOMAN BEING RELEASED FROM PRISON, HOW MANY MORE VICTIMS HAVE YOU SILENCED MR. EDDIE WYANT? , DO THE HONORABLE THING, RESIGN NOW, YOU MUST NOT KNOW ABOUT " HONOR", YOU DO KNOW ABOUT "CORRUPTION, SLEAZE, YOUR STATEMENTS ARE THE EPITOME OF MENDACITY. RESIGN NOW, SHOW SOME DIGNITY YOU DIDN'T ALLOW YOUR VICTIMS..

        LIFETIMERESIDENT
        November 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm
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      • The OSBI has not released any reports to the public…how do we know your comments are factual? According to the press, there are many more than "a second alleged wrong-doer" being investigated. I anticipate the fall-out will continue. Anyone who took a sworn oath to serve the public and had even the slightest knowledge of these wrong-doings needs to be held accountable. Fellow residents of Delaware County – it is time to pay attention to who you vote for and hold them accountable to the highest standard – we deserve nothing less. This is not the time for any more cover-ups.

        Taking Action
        November 10, 2011 at 6:49 am
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  5. There are strong rumors that the courthouse bunch are considering appointing a long-term local crony as temporary Sheriff. This will further contribute to misinformation, and will be an attempt to prevent full disclosure of the involvement of the District Attorney, the County Commissioners, and the Sheriff's department. The grand jury should be called as quickly as possible before the attempted cover-up is fully in place. The individuals involved at all levels who contributed to this moral and economic disaster should be subject to possible prosecution and financial liability. We should not wait for an election to get rid of these people. Jack L. Forrest.

    Jack L. Forrest
    November 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm
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  6. I am really scard that a Littlefield will be running th sherriff's officce when there is a sitting judge within the same family. The Judge already tells us that our paperwork isn't worth the paper it is written on with signatures when we bring issues before her in court – or maye she just doesn't want to be held accountable. ANd now we will have huge conflict of interest issues within our local judicial system. WOW – that shoudl work out good for all the Delaware County Residents!! Don't you think there is a strong misrepresentation here and that BREEDS the kind of issues we have.

    mylady
    November 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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  7. This is happening in every city and state – its crazy, I live in a small town in Utah with about 1500 people and out judge and police department are corrupt and are currently the target of class action lawsuits for there misdeeds – nothing as bad as rape by the officers but certainly corruption and civil rights violations.

    oldpatriot
    May 24, 2012 at 10:10 am
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  8. This corruption can only end if citizens get together and find a way to force its end. I am concerned that people could even end up murdered to silence them so we need to be vigilant. This system is self-serving and simply does not care for citizens rights in their relentless pursuit of more revenue via heavy-handed terrorist efforts to turn everyone they can into a criminal.
    I would consider running for office one of these days, thus bring an end to corruption where ever my eye spies it. The question is: Are there enough voters who care?
    Earl Salisbury Jr.

    Earl Salisbury
    February 26, 2014 at 11:47 am
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